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IBM Unveils New Generation of IBM Power Servers for Frictionless, Scalable Hybrid Cloud

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New IBM Power E1080 server offers 2.5x greater per core performance vs x86-based servers[i]and sets a new world record SAP benchmark for 8-socket systems[ii].
Industry-first metering of Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for on-premises server planned to improve software licensing costs

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the new IBM Power E1080 server, the first in a new family of servers based on the new IBM Power10 processor, designed specifically for hybrid cloud environments. The IBM Power10-equipped E1080 server is engineered to be one of the most secured server platforms and is designed to help clients operate a secured, frictionless[iii] hybrid cloud experience across their entire IT infrastructure.

The IBM Power E1080 server is launching at a critical time for IT. As organizations around the world continue to adapt to unpredictable changes in consumer behaviors and needs, they need a platform that can deliver their applications and insights securely where and when they need them. The IBM Institute of Business Value’s 2021 CEO Study found that, of the 3,000 CEOs surveyed, 56% emphasized the need to enhance operational agility and flexibility when asked what they’ll most aggressively pursue over the next two to three years[iv].

Many see the answer to this need in a hybrid cloud computing model, which combines on-premises resources with cloud-based infrastructure and can offer up to 2.5x greater value than a public cloud-only approach[v]. However, not all hybrid cloud models are designed equally.

“When we were designing the E1080, we had to be cognizant of how the pandemic was changing not only consumer behavior but also our customer’s behavior and needs from their IT infrastructure,” said Dylan Boday, VP of Product Management for AI and Hybrid Cloud. “The E1080 is IBM’s first system designed from the silicon up for hybrid cloud environments, a system tailor-built to serve as the foundation for our vision of a dynamic and secure, frictionless hybrid cloud experience.”

“The more than expected duration of the pandemic has created heightened urgency in execution for businesses across industries. Organizations need to move with speed, agility, and the flexibility to react to changes in their customers’ needs in real-time while driving innovation and staying ahead of the competition. To achieve such agility, there will be an increasing mix of workloads on-premise and off-premise. While the latter is predominantly cloud-native, the former is getting transformed at a fast pace.”

“The newly launched IBM Power E1080 server is designed to be the backbone of a hybrid cloud platform that can provide maximum inter-operability and control to the clients. It will help for seamless deployment of workloads across the hybrid platform as well as faster development of new cloud-native applications, helping enterprises in India to scale their operation and deliver enhanced services to their customers. We see opportunity from BFSI, Telecom, Manufacturing, Retail, and Healthcare sectors for the IBM Power10 servers in India and our ecosystem partners will be an integral part of our go-to-market strategy. As part of our go-to-market strategy for Power10 server, we will also be reaching out to Independent Software Vendors who work with clients in a garage format to implement their solution through IBM servers,” says Ravi Jain, Director – Server Sales, IBM India/South Asia.

The new IBM E1080 was designed to introduce several key features including:
 

Enhancements for hybrid cloud like planned industry-first, by the minute metering of Red Hat software including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, 4.1x greater OpenShift containerized throughput per core vs x86-based servers[vi], and architectural consistency and cloud-like flexibility across the entire hybrid cloud environment to drive agility and improve costs without application refactoring.

 

New hardware-driven performance improvements that deliver up to 50% more performance and scalability than its predecessor the IBM Power E980[vii], while also reducing energy use and carbon footprint of the E980, allowing customers to do more with less. The E1080 also features four matrix math accelerators per core, enabling 5x faster inference performance as compared to the E980[viii].

 

New security tools designed for hybrid cloud environments including transparent memory encryption so there is no additional management setup, 4x the encryption engines per core, allowing for 2.5x faster AES encryption as compared to the IBM Power E980[ix], and security software for every level of the system stack.

 
 

A robust ecosystem of ISVs, Business Partners, and support to broaden the capabilities of the IBM Power E1080 and how customers can build their hybrid cloud environment, including a record-setting performance for SAP® applications in an 8-socket systemii. IBM is also launching a new tiered Power Expert Care service to help clients as they protect their systems against the latest cybersecurity threats while also providing hardware and software coherence and higher systems availability.

“IBM played a critical role as a technology partner during the merger of erstwhile Allahabad Bank with Indian Bank. With the amalgamation, IBM’s enterprise-class Power servers and storage helped us address critical business requirements like multi-fold increase in transaction volumes, back-end processing load, resiliency, high availability & scalability across the deployed solution. This has become the strong foundation for ensuring an overall enhanced experience for our customers. IBM has pro-actively taken steps to fine-tune the OS parameters for achieving optimum performance for the Core Banking Operations on the IBM Power Systems. All of this was well planned and executed even during the peak pandemic time,” says Deepak Sarda, CTO, Indian Bank.

Frictionlessiii Hybrid Cloud Experience Drives Modernization on IBM Power E1080

The IBM Power E1080 server helps deliver on the customer demand for a frictionless hybrid cloud experience, with architectural consistency across the entire hybrid cloud estate to simplify management and seamlessly scale applications to meet the dynamic needs of today’s world.

“We have been long-time IBM Power users and are looking forward to being one of the first organizations to test the new IBM Power10-based E1080 system with our mission-critical applications,” said Klaus at Finanz Informatik. “The new server addresses our demands to continue delivering our services at scale with high resiliency requirements, including new levels of security and improved energy-efficiency. We are also keen to see how the new features can accelerate our journey to hybrid cloud and the infusion of AI into our business applications.”

When leveraging an IBM Power10-based server, like the E1080, with the cloud-based IBM Power Virtual Server in a hybrid cloud format, the architectural consistency across resources means the often-bespoke mission-critical applications that tend to reside on-premises can be moved into the cloud as workloads and needs demand. This is designed to help clients avoid the prohibitive costs and time required associated with refactoring for a different architecture.

The IBM Power E1080 also has the capability to scale instantly with Power Private Cloud for Dynamic Capacity, allowing users to scale up and down with unused CPU capacity as needed and only pay extra for the additional resources they used. This can help improve operational efficiency and flexibility while avoiding server sprawl and lengthy procurement processes by bringing a cloud-like payment model to the data center.

Further enhancing the cloud-like economics for local hardware, the IBM Power E1080 is the first on-premises system planned to support metering by the minute for both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift, extending capabilities already available on IBM Power Virtual Server. Together, this is designed for even greater customer control of when, how, and where their applications are deployed.

“Red Hat has long been committed to delivering choice to our customers, a critical component in how these organizations approach open hybrid cloud deployments. Our collaboration with IBM on Power10 will serve as a continuation of this commitment to support a broad range of architectures,” said Stefanie Chiras, senior vice president, Platforms Business Group, Red Hat. “As an architectural foundation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift deployments on-premises metering, IBM Power will offer the scale and flexibility to help customers realize the benefits of open hybrid cloud.”

Through the close synergy with Red Hat, the IBM Power E1080 offers 4.1x greater OpenShift containerized throughput per core vs compared x86-based servers, allowing for more workloads to be deployed simultaneously within a single system.

Link to full Press release: https://newsroom.ibm.com/2021-09-08-IBM-unveils-new-generation-of-IBM-Power-servers-for-frictionless,-scalable-hybrid-cloud

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Bitdeer Group’s Customer Obsession Approach Brings It to the World Top Player

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Bitdeer Group, the world’s leading digital asset mining service provider, earlier announced its plans to list on the NASDAQ through a merger with the publicly traded special purpose acquisition company Blue Safari Group Acquisition Corp. The transaction values Bitdeer at an implied enterprise value of approximately $4 billion. It marks Bitdeer Group’s latest achievement on the group level and the success of its business lines that support the group’s thriving growth, which could not have been achieved without Bitdeer’s obsession with its customers that leads to the customer-centric approach throughout the years.

 

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Bitdeer Group’s Customer Obsession Approach Brings It to the World Top Player (Graphic: Business Wire)

The Iceberg of Success

 

What Bitdeer Group has achieved today is only the visible part of the tip of the iceberg. Over the past years, the group has made a number of strategically decisive moves that helped sharpen its competitive edge and consolidate its leading position in this fiercely competitive market. All of this originates from and is guided by a core concept: customer obsession – the philosophy that any innovations must be driven by what truly matters to customers. For Bitdeer Group, this revolves around three key areas: 1) value-adding service offerings and user-friendly functions, 2) a stable operating entity that abides by laws and mitigates risks, and 3) data privacy and security. To better meet these needs, the group has taken an agile approach in establishing and developing its business lines.

 

Joint-effort and Achievement from Multiple Business Lines

 

As one of the business lines under Bitdeer Group and a highly trusted sharing service platform for digital assets mining, Bitdeer was first launched in December 2018. Bitdeer provided exactly what customers were desperately seeking – a simpler and more accessible approach and channel to acquire cryptocurrencies – at a time when the barrier to entry for crypto mining was a major deterring factor for individual crypto miners and enthusiasts. Alongside the evolving market trends, Bitdeer has diversified its portfolio of offerings by adding state-of-the-art cryptocurrencies and altcoins. Different service modes (Classic and Accelerator) have also been created in response to users’ varying needs. The platform is also localized in 9 languages to provide greater convenience and access to the global community.

 

Mining Datacenter, another major business line under Bitdeer Group, has recently celebrated its achievement in adopting clean and renewable energy, which is a result of its determination to grow responsibly and awareness of environmental impacts arising from the mining operation. This is a pioneering breakthrough in the industry to develop professional and standardized mining facilities, which are capable of operating at optimal levels under various climate conditions and linking up with a range of power supplies supported by the group’s proprietary innovations. It has significantly improved stability and lowered risks associated with electricity supply, so as to provide users with reliability and stability.

 

The boom of the industry on a global scale brings with it both challenges and opportunities. The Outlook of Bitdeer Group remains promising given its customer-centric approach which drives constant innovation and optimization of its products and services. No matter how Bitdeer Group evolves in the future, the mindset of ‘customer obsession’ will always come first and be at its core.

 

About Bitdeer Group

 

Bitdeer Group is the world’s leading digital asset mining service provider. It was founded by Jihan Wu, Co-Founder of Bitmain and Matrixport, with venture investment from Sequoia Capital, IDG, and other well-known investment groups in the blockchain space. Headquartered in Singapore, Bitdeer Group currently operates in the United States and Europe. The Group has three business lines — Bitdeer, Mining Datacenter, and Minerplus — demonstrating the dedication and expertise in becoming the world’s most reliable digital asset mining service provider.

 

For more information, please get in touch with Bitdeer Group:

 

Website: www.bitdeer.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/bitdeer-group
Sales Consultation: sales@bitdeer.com
Business Cooperation: contact@bitdeer.com
Mining Datacenter Partnership: miningcenter@bitdeer.com

 

*Information provided in this article is for general information and reference only and does not constitute nor is intended to be construed as any advertisement, professional advice, offer, solicitation, or recommendation to deal in any product. No guarantee, representation, warranty or undertaking, express or implied, is made as to the fairness, accuracy, timeliness, completeness or correctness of any information, or the future returns, performance or outcome of any product. Bitdeer expressly excludes any and all liability (to the extent permitted by applicable law) in respect of the information provided in this article, and in no event shall Bitdeer be liable to any person for any losses incurred or damages suffered as a result of any reliance on any information in this article.

 

 

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Mavenir Announces Commercial Availability of 4G Open RAN-based Outdoor Small Cell

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Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, announced today the commercial availability of its 4G Open RAN small cell for outdoor deployments, expanding the MAVair radio and access portfolio of small cells to meet Communications Service Providers’ (CSPs) growing need for enhanced network capacity and coverage. The solution had already been tested and deployed in commercial operation with a Tier 1 European CSP.

 

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Mavenir’s 4G Open RAN Small Cell for Outdoor deployments. (Photo: Business Wire)

Mavenir’s outdoor small cell (O410) is a customer driven product, that addresses a need for outdoor small cells supporting both distributed and centralized Open RAN architectures. The solution is built on Mavenir’s modular hardware architecture and highly scalable, cloud-native software platforms, the underlying principles which enabled an expedited time-to-market with full architectural and deployment flexibility. Mavenir’s expanded small cells solutions, present a future proof way of building networks that ensures interoperability, vendor competition, element security and reduced operating costs across the RAN. Mavenir’s MAVair Open RAN small cells are market-proven, carrier grade solutions, that are easy to deploy, fully automated, software upgradable, highly scalable and adaptable.

 

The outdoor small cell supports both Split 2 and S1 interfaces and can be configured remotely for full deployment flexibility and upgradability, especially effective in areas where coverage and capacity from the CSPs macro is not available, is not economically viable, or faces zoning issues, etc. Ideal deployments include rural and remote locations, sites which are constrained by size, power, backhaul, and planning restrictions. The solution is plug and play, with zero-touch provisioning and installation, powered with Power over Ethernet (PoE) and offers interfaces with the same Open RAN CU as the macro network, and with common management with macro.

 

“By leveraging our modular hardware architecture and cloud-native scalable software, Mavenir is capable of delivering new products in an agile fashion which integrate and work seamlessly with other network components deployed by CSPs. This 4G outdoor small cell is the precursor for a completely new line of 4G and 5G Open RAN-based small cell products with integrated DU, as well as Multi RAT radio access solutions in general,” said Mavenir’s Aniruddho Basu, SVP and GM of Emerging Business.

 

With the release of the 4G outdoor small cell, Mavenir now has a complete offering of Multi-G (2G/3G/4G/5G), software upgradable, Open RAN-based small cells enabling CSPs to enhance their network capacity and coverage beyond in-building use cases.

 

About Mavenir:

 

Mavenir is building the future of networks and pioneering advanced technology, focusing on the vision of a single, software-based automated network that runs on any cloud. As the industry’s only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider, Mavenir is focused on transforming the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers. www.mavenir.com

 

 

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Payhawk Raises $112 Million in the Second Largest Series B in Central and Eastern Europe

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Payhawk Raises $112 Million in the Second Largest Series B in Central and Eastern Europe

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Only seven months after closing its $20m Series A financing round, Payhawk announces its Series B of $112m all equity round led by US investor Greenoaks, who previously invested in high-growth companies like Checkout.com, Robinhood, Stripe and Brex
 
This is the second largest ever Series B for a B2B company in the CEE region after UiPath, and is the largest and fastest Series B in the spend management space across Europe
 
All existing investors, including QED Investors, Earlybird Digital East and Eleven Ventures are participating in the round
 
Payhawk currently serves companies in 27 countries with its company cards and spend management platform across Europe and will continue its global expansion with aims to open offices in the US, Netherlands, France, Australia and Singapore
 
The fintech will use the new funds to accelerate its product roadmap with the launch of a credit card in Q1 2022, and low-cost cross-border transfers as an alternative to SWIFT payments

 

Payhawk, the payments and expense solution with offices in London, Sofia, Berlin and Barcelona, has raised $112 million just three years after its inception, valuing the company at $570m. The Series B round is led by the San Francisco-based investor Greenoaks, who has a strong track record of investing in high-growth technology companies such as Gorillas, Robinhood, Stripe and Brex. All existing investors, including QED Investors, Earlybird Digital East and Eleven Ventures are participating in the round.

 

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Description: Hristo Borisov CEO left, Boyko Karadzhov CTO centre, Konstantin Djengozov CFO. (Photo: Business Wire)

Currently, finance teams are still bound to a high amount of manual work as they are using multiple disconnected tools for cards, payments, invoices and expense management. Payhawk reduces the amount of manual work by combining those key elements in one platform and therefore acting as a one-stop-shop for finance teams.

 

With high-growth companies, in particular, looking to digitise financial processes, Payhawk emerges as the leading platform for large SMEs and enterprise customers, especially those multinationals who have multiple offices worldwide.

 

In 2021, Payhawk introduced 3% cashback on all payments, new enterprise features, free bill payments, and support for Apple Pay and Google Pay in 30 countries. Since its Series A round, transaction volume through the platform has increased by 663% and continues to grow at 45%+ month-on-month in October. Its customer base consists of a mix of scale-ups and corporates in 27 countries across Europe, including A.T.U, Luxair, Flink, Viking Life and Wagestream.

 

In 2022, Payhawk will continue its expansion by aiming to open offices in the U.S., the Netherlands, Australia and Singapore, enabling the company to further expand its product offering by introducing credit cards and allowing smarter and cheaper cross-border transactions on top of its invoice management system.

 

These expansion and product build plans will run in tandem with growing the marketing and sales team in Payhawk’s key markets of the UK, Germany, Spain and Benelux. To further boost its enterprise focus, the company has appointed Paul Albert as SVP Global Sales, who will lead direct sales, partnerships and customer success.

 

Patrick Backhouse, a Partner of Greenoaks, said, “Ask any business owner, and they’ll tell you that managing corporate spend is among the most frustrating parts of running a company. It requires significant manual work that consumes employee time and introduces substantial room for error. Payhawk turns a fragmented process into a seamless one, providing a single place to manage the entire spending lifecycle from company cards to expenses and bill payments to invoices. We’ve been thrilled to see how fast they’ve grown, already serving a truly global customer base that’s attracted by powerful and delightful software. We think that painful expense reports and bill payments should be a thing of the past, and we are excited to partner with Payhawk on the way to getting there.”

 

Hristo Borisov, CEO and Founder at Payhawk, said, “Managing company cards, especially reports, bill payments, and invoices is currently a disconnected experience bridged by finance teams through a lot of manual work. We are building enterprise software running on global payments infrastructure that automates all spend processes. Our strong product background and engineering team allows us to move at break-neck speed. This, in turn, will enable global enterprises and fast-growing technology companies to transform how they manage their company spending, and improve efficiencies while unlocking employee time to be better spent elsewhere”

 

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About Payhawk
Payhawk is a financial platform that combines expense management, payments and invoice management in one solution and therefore works as a one-stop-shop for finance teams. Its customer base consists of a mix of fast-growing and mature multinational companies like LuxAir, Lotto24, Viking Life, Gtmhub, Flink, MacPaw and By Miles. Payhawk is also leading the digital transformation agenda of companies like A.T.U in Germany, where the product has replaced cash with company cards at more than 550 branches. The fintech is headquartered in London and was founded in 2018 by Hristo Borisov, Boyko Karadzhov and Konstantin Dzhengozov and is supported by renowned investors such as Greenoaks, QED Investors, Earlybird Digital East and Eleven Ventures.

 

About Greenoaks

 

Founded in 2012, Greenoaks is a global investment firm that makes concentrated, long-term investments in technology-enabled businesses around the world. At Greenoaks, we believe a small handful of companies define each generation. Our sole mission is to identify these companies early in their life cycles and partner with their founders for decades. We’ve led investments in companies such as Discord, Brex, and Rippling in the US; Deliveroo and Checkout in Europe; Coupang in South Korea; and Kavak in Latin America.

 

 

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